Jim has been involved in recording since the age of 17. He has won several awards in a Virginia songwriting contest in Jazz, Acoustic Rock and Gospel. His most notable award is the 1999 Billboard Song Contest, placing 2nd in the jazz category out of thousands of entries. His musical influences include Rock, Southern Rock, Country and Jazz which will be recognized in his style of playing. Currently playing in a praise and worship band in a Vineyard Church in Virginia, Jim writes acoustic Rock, Jazz and Christian music. His inspirations of songwriting comes from God, family and positive things of life. At the age of 39, he is married and has 2 children. He is currently working on another instrumental/jazz CD due to be released early 2000. Releases on his upcoming cd has already won awards in Billboard Contest. Here are what some of the critics have to say: "Jim is obviously a player who knows the importance of melody. The soothing tracks are carried along by his intuitive understanding of the lines the listener craves." Allen Foster Songerwriters monthly magazine. "Jim Adkins Just Chillin has become a staple of our Sunday Night Jazz Show". Marc Neiman Music Director of Wdyl Radio Station. "Just Chillin is a fine album, great guitar catchy melodies and solid support". Armando Canales, The Critical Review. Currently cd's from Jim's project have sold all over the U.S. and in other Countries. Be sure to check it out. Sit back and chill while listening to his music.